A controversial report alleging Ukraine navy violations of worldwide regulation triggered the top of Amnesty Ukraine to resign in protest.
Amnesty Worldwide mentioned it “deeply regrets the misery and anger” triggered after it alleged Ukrainian forces have been flouting worldwide regulation by exposing civilians to Russian hearth.
The rights group mentioned “we totally stand by our findings” however harassed, “nothing we documented Ukrainian forces doing in any means justifies Russian violations”.
Amnesty sparked outrage in Ukraine with the publication of a report on Thursday that accused the navy of endangering civilians by establishing bases in faculties and hospitals, and launching counterattacks from closely populated areas.
The pinnacle of Amnesty’s Ukraine workplace, Oksana Pokalchuk, resigned in protest, accusing the rights organisation of parroting Kremlin propaganda.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned the group tried to “shift the duty from the aggressor to the sufferer”.
Amnesty’s report listed incidents by which Ukrainian forces appeared to have uncovered civilians to hazard in 19 cities and villages within the Kharkiv, Donbas and Mykolaiv areas.
In its assertion Sunday, the rights group refused to again down on that evaluation.
“[Amnesty] discovered cases the place Ukrainian forces had positioned themselves proper subsequent to the place civilians have been residing, thereby probably placing them in danger from incoming Russian hearth,” it mentioned.
“We made this evaluation based mostly on the principles of worldwide humanitarian regulation, which require all events to a battle to keep away from finding, to the utmost extent possible, navy goals inside or close to densely populated areas.”
However, Amnesty recognised the dimensions of response its report had triggered.
“Amnesty Worldwide deeply regrets the misery and anger that our press launch on the Ukrainian navy’s combating ways has triggered,” it mentioned.
Since Russia invaded in February, Amnesty mentioned it interviewed a whole lot of Ukrainian victims “whose tales illuminate the brutal actuality of Russia’s battle of aggression”.
“We now have challenged the world to show its solidarity with Ukrainians by means of concrete motion, and we’ll proceed to take action.”
The previous head of Amnesty for Ukraine, Pokalchuk, spoke to Al Jazeera about battle crimes in July. “Amnesty Worldwide has investigated and documented alleged abuses of battle crimes by Russia and Russia-backed forces, in addition to the Ukrainian armed forces,” she famous on the time.